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For tonight’s finale, the Rangers have recalled forwards Matt Beleskey and Steven Fogarty. They will play this afternoon against the Flyers.

Beleskey was acquired as part of the Rick Nash trade. The Bruins signed him to a big contract after his breakout year with Anaheim three seasons ago, where he scored 22 goals. He never lived up to that hype, and the Rangers took on half the contract ($1.9 million cap hit for the next two seasons). He’s a fourth liner at best.

Fogarty, the Blueshirts’ third round pick in 2011, is finally getting his first shot at the NHL. The 24 year old center is known for his defensive and faceoff ability, and won’t exactly wow you with his offensive play. He’s another fourth liner.

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As expected, the Rangers have recalled both Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil. They will likely play in the remaining seven games of the season. Andersson, the Blueshirts’ 7th overall pick this past summer, has a line of 5-9-14 in 24 games with the Pack. He was loaned to the Pack by Frolunda in the SHL after the World Juniors. He has a line of 7-7-14 in 22 games in Sweden.

Chytil, the 21st overall pick in the same draft, comes with a little more fanfare, as he made the team outright after camp, only to play a pair of games before being sent to the AHL. He suffered an injury, but has been on fire since the World Juniors. He has a line of 11-20-31 in 45 games in the AHL.

Since both will be playing in under ten NHL games this season, their contracts will slide to next year, meaning they won’t burn a year of their ELCs. That’s critical, as this keeps their costs down and keeps them exempt from the looming expansion draft in 2020. The kids aren’t saviors, but they are the first of what should be a bunch of new first rounder picks to help rebuild this franchise.

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Rangers agree to terms with Ryan Lindgren

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The Rangers have agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Lindgren on a three year entry level contract. Lindgren, one of the main pieces in the Rick Nash deal to Boston, is a solid skating and physical defenseman playing at Minnesota. The 6′, 200 lb defenseman is known more for his skating and defensive play than his offensive prowess. He has a line of 2-7-9 in 35 games so far in his sophomore season.

Lindgren also has a good head on his shoulders and has good instincts for the game. He isn’t as polished or NHL ready, so it’s feasible he could spend next year in the AHL getting acclimated to the pro game.

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Rangers recall Ryan Sproul

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The Rangers have recalled defenseman Ryan Sproul from Hartford. This likely means that Tony DeAngelo, who looked to suffer a pretty gruesome leg injury yesterday, is not going to play tomorrow against the Penguins. This shouldn’t shock anyone, although we are still pending the severity of the injury.

Sproul’s call up is his second, playing four games in his prior stint. He notched a pair of assists.

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Rangers agree to terms with Ty Ronning

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The Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Ty Ronning on an entry level contract. Ronning, the Blueshirts’ 7th round pick in 2016, is looking to be a complete steal for the Rangers. The 5’9, 170 lb winger exploded this year for 55 goals and 77 points in 64 games with the Vancouver Giants of the WHL.

The scouting report on Ronning is that he’s a pest who can chip in offensively. He has a nose for the net, gets in on the forecheck, and does a lot of the dirty work. The good thing here is that Ronning’s game has already shown like it can transfer to the pros, following a good stint with Hartford last year.

Ronning isn’t going to be a 50-goal scorer for the Rangers, but his style of play likely means he’s going to be a fan favorite. He’s certainly one of my favorite prospects, ranking him 12th in this year’s version of the Top 25 Under 25.

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Rangers return Vinny Lettieri to Hartford

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Lost in everything yesterday, Vinny Lettieri was sent to Hartford. At first it looked like a paper transaction, like the way Alex Georgiev was “sent to Hartford” as well. The paper piece for Georgiev is so that he can be on the Hartford playoff roster. It was assumed it was for Lettieri as well.

However he is in Hartford, per the press release sent out last night. He needs playing time, and it looks like the organization wants him to get it in Hartford. I have no qualms with that. The Rangers have 13 forwards on the roster already.

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ryan graves

While the focus of the day was on the big Ryan McDonagh/JT Miller trade, there was another minor deal made by the Blueshirts today. Defense prospect Ryan Graves, who appeared to fall behind many in the depth chart, has been sent to Colorado for defenseman Chris Bigras.

Bigras, a 2nd rounder in 2013, has been back and forth with Colorado and San Antonio (AHL) for the past two seasons. He has a line of 1-3-4 in 46 NHL games, and 12-32-44 in 102 AHL games with San Antonio.

Graves, a 4th rounder in the same draft, developed very well in the OHL and had a strong season last year on the Pack. It’s surprising that the Blueshirts dealt him for another defenseman, but it looks to be a deal based on skills. Bigras is more of a puck mover and better skater, while Graves is more of a bigger body with a big shot.

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Rangers Trade Ryan McDonagh to Tampa

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Update: This deal includes JT Miller. Per Bob McKenzie, the return is Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, Vladislav Namestnikov, 2018 1st round pick, conditional second round pick

For the second straight captain, the Rangers have made a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. McDonagh will reunite with the last Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, and Anton Stralman in Tampa.

It’s hard to know what to say about Ryan McDonagh – I could hit you with all the numbers like I did with Nash, but that really wouldn’t do him much justice. He’s been a joy to watch on both ends of the ice, and I can still remember fondly when he put the league on notice in 2012 by playing almost a full 60 minutes in that triple-OT game against Washington. He’s our captain, and now he’s someone else’s. We’ll give you more analysis on what we’ve lost and what we’ve gained as the dust settles on everything, but as always feel free to leave your thoughts below. Thanks for everything, Mac.

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Rangers Trade Rick Nash to Boston

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Rick Nash has just been traded to the Boston Bruins, according to Bob McKenzie. The trade is complicated, and not all details are in yet, but the return so far is a first round pick this year and prospect Ryan Lindgren. The Blueshirts will retain 50% of Nash’s salary. The Blueshirts also get center Ryan Spooner, winger Matt Beleskey, and a 7th round pick.

The 33 year old former Rocket Richard winner, Calder Trophy nominee, and two-time Olympic gold medalist originally came to the Rangers in a blockbuster deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets that saw fan favorites Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov go the other way in the summer of 2012.

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Rangers place Peter Holland on waivers

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The Rangers have placed forward Peter Holland on waivers. This shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Chris Kreider has returned to the lineup, and the Rangers are going more towards youth. It’s good to see that he’s on waivers, and the Rangers didn’t return Vinny Lettieri to Hartford.

Holland was claimed off waivers by the Blueshirts, playing in 17 games. He put up a line of 1-3-4 during his stint with the Blueshirts. There are rumors abound, but I don’t think this is a move that foreshadows a trade. Just creates roster space for Kreider.


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